Calperum Station and Taylorville Station are nature reserves near Renmark in South Australia, comprising a total of 335,000 hectares of predominantly open mallee bushland and Murray River floodplains and wetlands. They form part of the Bookmark Biosphere Reserve, a name derived from the Aboriginal word Pukumako meaning flint stone axe or sandstone grit hole. Both reserves are important locally, nationally and internationally because of their intact mallee eucalypt woodlands, the presence of several threatened bird species, and their wetlands and related species.
If desired, we can do a few hours’ birdwatching in the morning in search of many of the area’s specialised bird species. We may be able to arrange a visit to view the Malleefowl at its 1-m high nesting mound. With enough notice we should also be able to arrange a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the nature reserves’ facilities and discuss philosopies, programs, and on-site projects with Dr Peter Cale, the ALT’s Riverland Operations & Conservation Manager.
Our next destination will be the Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre. It is situated in the heart of South Australia’s Riverland, next to the Murray River. Banrock Station being a place that brings together wine, food and nature in one area makes it a perfect location for lunch.
After a hearty meal, we can check out their walking trails, designed to suit all fitness levels, that wind their way around the beautifully restored wetlands, mallee and flood plains. The trails provide a unique opportunity to enjoy the restored wetlands, view abundant wildlife and learn about the role the wetlands play in the River Murray system. We can also arrange a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the wetlands and explanation of Banrocks philosopies, programs, and on-site projects, with Dr Christophe Tourenq, Banrock’s Wetlands & Conservation Manager.
In 2002, the Banrock wetland was listed under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, recognising its international significance as habitat for threatened species and migratory birds. The natural habitat zones on the property exist side-by-side with vineyards which comply with the highest environmental standards.